Every city has its great neighborhoods; here are six of St. Louis' best.
The Central West End oozes sophistication with art galleries, antique shops, boutiques and cafés within easy walking distance of the neighborhood’s hotels. Two of its major attractions include the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis and the World Chess Hall of Fame.
The Loop has been named one of the “Ten Great Streets of America” for its heady mix of galleries, retailers, international restaurants and nightclubs. The Loop's Blueberry Hill is where rock legend Chuck Berry (now remembered with a statue) performed once a month. The arts are richly represented at Craft Alliance Art + Design and Componere Gallery.
Soulard channels a bit of the French Quarter with its proliferation of music clubs and Mardi Gras vibe, plus, its Soulard Farmers Market is one of the best free shows in town. Pop into Soulard Coffee Garden for a memorable breakfast.
Laclede’s Landing, a cobblestoned collection of converted 19th century warehouses offers dining and entertainment in the shadow of the Gateway Arch. Standout establishments include Big Daddy's and Morgan Street Brewery.
Or you might kick back in The Grove, where clubs like Rehab, Just John, The Monocle and Atomic Cowboy have been lighting up the night with live music, cabaret and DJ spins. Get your fashion on at City Boutique, home to statement pieces.